Lauren Alpen

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What Happens When You Donate Your Body To Science?

You expand the body of research, so to speak.<p>No computer simulation or dummy or animal can really convey the complexity of human anatomy like a cadaver can. But what exactly happens to your body when you donate it to science?<p>Safety Studies<p>Researchers subject cadavers to laboratory scenarios—an …

Swimming robot hunts overpopulated jellyfish and shreds them

There's a new, deadly predator in the sea, but swimmers need not be worried: it's a man-made tool designed to hunt down jellyfish. As jellyfish populations explode due to warming waters and overfishing, researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have worked to …

Gum disease may have ties to Alzheimer’s

Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, a finding that shows a potential association between gum …

Where to Eat for National Taco Day Around LA

LA Restaurant & Nick Offerman Team Up to Make the 'American Ham' Burger

LA hamburger restaurant <b>The Oinkster</b> has partnered with actor/comedian <b>Nick Offerman</b> to create their October Burger of the Month: the <b>Nick Offerman "American Ham" Burger</b>. The burger is made from a 6 oz beef patty which is topped with shaved ham, gruyere cheese, hot sweet mustard, mayonnaise, and …

Zagat

Fall Weekend in Lake Tahoe

If you think that stunning Lake Tahoe is only worth a trip in the winter, you’re missing out. An autumn weekend on the lake equals fantastic food, …

Tahoe

America's Coolest Indoor Water Parks

Endless summer -- that's the promise of indoor water parks. And with it come surfing contests hundreds of miles from an ocean, waves lapping at pools the size of small lakes, and bright beach towels spread over lounge chairs as snow falls outside the windows.<p>The coolest indoor water parks keep kids …

How to get f*cked up on your travels

FOR SOME PEOPLE THERE’S NO REAL CHALLENGE to getting fucked up. They don’t have to divide themselves. They just flow with the rest of the hostel …

Self-awareness

Fall in Love: Romantic Dates Near San Francisco

As the weather cools and we stand a little closer, there's no denying that autumn is the season when summer flings fall in love. It's time to break out that new wardrobe and hit the town (and country) with one of these <b>romantic dates near San Francisco.</b><p><b>Sweep Her off Her Feet</b><p>An autumn bike ride has …

Portland’s Undergound Tunnels Are Relics of a Seedy Past

Portland was once the most dangerous port city in America. Nina Strochlic on the underground tunnels that live to tell the tale.<p>The Portland, Oregon, …

Six beautiful and bizarre bridges

Many bridges are the archetype of urban blight, essential yet uninspired. But informed Quora.com users know better. They identified fantastic structures that double as art.

Nine Amazing Outdoor Hotel Suites (Photos)

Sleep Under the Stars<p>Quilts and pillows may seem strange out in the open air, but not at one of these nine spectacular hotel suites. See …

A brunch-lover’s guide to New York City

Ahh, brunch. One part omelette, two parts mimosa, three parts coffee – life’s sweet distraction when the workweek is nigh. Though not a uniquely New York 'thing' <i>per se</i>, there’s no other city that takes its breakfast-lunch combustion quite as seriously as the Big Apple and every visitor should take …

The McWay Bay

Secret Places right under your nose<p>Have you ever found a place that is very close to you, or very close to a place you know well — and you were …

Top Ten Chicago Restaurants

Chicago is a food town that has an almost allergic reaction to pretension. Restaurants that make it here can't rely solely on brand name decorators, media hype or reality-TV chefs. They have to be the real deal, serving great food, or they don't stay in business. Here are 10 of Chicago's best …

Fall 2013 Guide to Las Vegas

Fall in Vegas is not quite like fall in many other parts of the country—no fall foliage, no switch from iced coffee to hot coffee. But the …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

The Best Places To Eat, Drink, And Play In Amsterdam

<b>On your first day here, seeing this is a must:</b><p>What you definitely don't want to miss, is Amsterdam's canals. Walk, bike or "hitchhike" a boat with locals (do not take a touristy canal boat. It's not expensive and may sound tempting, but you'll see almost nothing because they travel much too quickly …

Fall 2013 Guide to New York City

Like the classic Frank Sinatra hit asks, "Autumn in New York… why does it seem so inviting?" New Yorkers like to chalk up the city’s third-quarter …

New York City

Jamaican marijuana tours draw travellers

Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travellers flock to Scotland to sample single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.<p>Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical - and technically illegal - journeys to some of the …

How to: Turn Your Car Into a Camper

Earlier this year, I was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to spend four months driving around the United States documenting nocturnal culture with my partner and collaborator, Kevin Weidner (who helped me write this piece), and our two dogs (check out my piece on late-night …

6 Fab Fall Festival Weekends for Families

(photo: nicolicreer/Flickr Creative Commons)<p>Not even a week after Labor Day, and some of us are already planning weekend getaways that celebrate the joys of autumn. Happily, fall is chockablock with fun events around the country that combine crisp air, a big dose of classic Americana, and …

Guide To Highway 1 -- Sunset Magazine Highlights A California Staple

California State Route 1, also known as Highway 1, is a veritable treasure trove of sights -- it spans hundreds of coastal miles, from Orange County in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It's consistently named a must when it comes to road trips.<p>Between its start and end points, Highway 1 …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …

Exploring Oregon's Coast, One Dune at a Time

Oregon's rough-and-tumble coast is all about exploration.<p>It's learning about life on the edge of the American experience, in a place that features desolate beaches, famous cows and sea fairies. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, maybe it's time for a visit.<p>I admit I didn't know much about …

Top 20 International Small Hotels: Andrew Harper's Picks (Photos)

Best Small Hotels<p>From Australia to Botswana and Italy to India, see the top luxury boutique hotels around the world.<p>09.08.13 4:45 AM ET